August 2015 Top Ten

I’ve decided that if nothing else, I can at least get a monthly highlight post up, right??? So here, in no particular order, are good things that happened this month:

MAM turned 10! Yes, my girl is officially in double digits. We had fun celebrating her day by going to Meet the Teacher Night at school, because apparently school now starts in early August.

She also celebrated by hosting her first ever sleepover with a couple of friends. It was great fun.

A few days later, the first day of school happened – hello fifth and second grades! 

After we dropped them off on the FOURTH day of school, LKM and I hit the State Fair by ourselves– it was so much fun!

Mid-August I also spent a lot of time at the Indy Fringe festival, and wrote a bunch of reviews. I loved it.

One of those nights, Leilan and I made it a date night, and we had dinner between two good shows.

We’re also closing out the summer season at the pool, riding bikes and playing outside.

There was a Raingutter Regatta for Cub Scouts, and the Fox won a few heats. He’s now a Wolf, and oh-so-excited for their first den meeting in a couple weeks.

There was also a quick to trip to Chicago, some back to school gatherings and a the “Live with the Wives” podcast (LKM is on every episode. I”m on episode 11)

Life is full, but it is good. What have you been up to lately?



We have a SEVEN year old in the house. He’s suddenly very old- reading books, doing math in his head, and learning about, well, everything. He’s never met a documentary he didn’t like. He remembers EVERYTHING. He holds grudges about NOTHING. He’s still the sweetest, most affectionate kid I’ve ever met.


stomp rockets!
 He’s still into Hot Wheels, Skylanders, and Minecraft. Our new neighborhood has gifted us with neighbor kids next door. He’s a very social guy, so he wants to greet them as soon as the sun’s up. He’s settled for playing outside and hoping they notice. Last week I found out as he rides his bike by their house, he waves.


dude day 2015: Father’s day & a 7th birthday
 This week he’s heading off for a week of Cub Scout day camp. I know he’s going to love it all.


homemade Minecraft  cake
his Minecraft cake was a huge hit
 Seven will bring second grade, First Communion, and probably more soccer. It will bring more chapter books, more bike riding, and more Scouting adventures. I can’t wait.


Last month, our girl turned nine. We’d just gotten home from our Museum-cation out East, so we had a family day with a trip to the movie theater, her favorite pizza and chocolate cake. Once school started (three days after her birthday-ack!) we had a friend day at SkyZone and stopped for frozen yogurt. This year she didn’t have anything too pressing on her birthday wish list, so instead of buying gifts for her for the relatives who generously send checks, we gave her the cash.

You want to make a nine year old happy? Put her in charge of her spending. She’s designated some for the bank, and the rest I think she will spend in spurts.

I thnk her “summer of 9” was a good one. She’s experienced Girl Scout day camp. She’s been to a slumber party. She’s seen the long-awaited Statue of Liberty. We’ve had some chats (at her request) about things she wonders about. She’s getting new glasses soon, and has grown taller than some of the grownups in her life. She suddenly knows the songs on the radio, and has her favorites. She’s very into the audiobook of The Secret Garden right now, and is picking up other novels for pleasure reading. She’s on her third session of gymnastics, and is dedicated to practicing the skills she needs to learn to advance. Nine is all at once rather grown up, yet still playful. I’ll take it.

This week was back to school night, and at her desk was a “Selfie” poem. I think it sums her up nicely.

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